Yesterday, while my coffee was brewing, I was opening up the mail and came across a pretty big envelope from the American Lung Association. It was filled with Christmas cards, notepads, and gift tags that immdeiately filled my heart with hope.
Hope because of Jesus, and His significance for the season, but also the hope that one day a cure will be discovered for all people afflicted with lung disease and lung cancers.
You see, it wasn’t a big surprise that I received mail from the American Lung Association. I have donated several times in memory of my mom, Sue, who died way too young from lung cancer. My hope and prayer is that one day no one will struggle to breathe or hear the dreaded news that their cancer is terminal.
While looking through and reading the cards, one quote and the beautiful image on it really spoke to my heart:
So today, I continue to hope. Hope for a cure for these dreaded diseases, and know that I can place all my trust and hope in God:
What are you hoping for today? Where is God showing you He is at work and has a plan for you? I’d love to hear from you! 🙂
All the Glory to God,
Images of “Hope….It is often in the darkest night…” by American Lung Association. Quote be Richard Evans.
HOPE. I don’t know about you, but I could use a healthy dose of it right now. Everywhere I turn the headlines and words I hear can be so discouraging.
That’s why I am so thankful that not only does God hear the cries of my heart, He has answered them in multiple ways!!
First, and ultimately, through my Savior Jesus Christ. He alone is THE source of my HOPE!!
Second, He answered my prayers by revealing the HOPE of Jesus through His Word, the sermons at my church recently, and through encouraging songs.
Finally, Thank you God for giving me the desire deep in my heart to seek You first, and to share encouragement, hope, and love through You, and the community of people you invite around me. 🙂
Jesus is THE ulitmate source of hope! And we, as a community of believers (the church), are called to not only share the Gospel, but to spread the Hope of Jesus!
My church, SFC, last week began a series titled, Empowered to Hope. It is such a blessing and so timely to what my heart and soul needed at this season of my life.
I am thankful that God knows what I need even before I do, and that this message was put in place by Him, and delivered through my faithful, God-fearing Pastor, just when that seed of discouragement was beginning to take root in my spirit. Not anymore, though.
While listening to this teaching, I was reminded of who I want to be in Christ. An encourager. Someone that puts God first, and follows through with the will that He placed in my life and heart.
Years ago, when God planted the seed of writing in my heart, He was in the process of showing me, through the Holy Spirit, that He was ALWAYS there and He was ALWAYS at work.
Even through the deepest darkest pits of grief, despair, and discouragement He was the flickering light of Hope, showing me the Way to Him. Often times, it was the community of believers–the church–that spoke His Word, shared His love, and welcomed me into their arms while I cried and seeked God.
That is who I want to strive to be everyday. An encourager of Jesus, one that shares the hope of what Jesus is doing and changing in my life– ready to share everything God places in my heart to do and be!!
Our Pastor, Mr. Mike Price, shared this in his message, Empowered to Hope: Week 2:
“If we are going to make a difference in the world it is going to come through hope filled people. Hope filled people change the world…we can point to what Jesus has already done in us.”
That is who I want to be and I need your help. Please join me in being an encouragement to the community of people God invites us to share our lives with, to share the message of the Gospel with, and to share the Hope and Love of Jesus.
So I’m dedicating every Wednesday of this blog to sharing the hope and encouragement of Jesus.
How do we (I) do that?!
By sharing something from your day or week that Jesus has done, that encouraged you so strongly, that you can’t help but share it!
I’ll begin. Jesus used my Pastor’s message last Sunday and this song, “Hope Can Change Everything” by Bart Millard and other artist’s, to move my discouragement to encouragement this week!! Amen!! God is so good and faithful!!
Here’s a snippet of the words:
A breath can give you life
A hand can turn the page
A word can give you strength
To face another day
Hope, yeah hope
Reaches in the heart of your darkest night
Lifts you off the ground when you’ve lost the fight
Keeps you hanging on through the disbelief
Every day, every step, every dream
Hope can change everything
Hope can change everything
Jesus–THE HOPE–that can change everything. What is He changing for you and in you?
Happy Friday, my friends! The last one of this glorious month of October. It was unusually dark this morning as I was backing the car out of the garage to take my daughter to school. I did a double-take of the time to make sure we were heading out at the same time. Yup, 7 am. Praise God, it’s Friday!
Slowly, making the way to school, I reflected on a quote that I read last night, in my Reader’s Digest, that was stuck in my memory. It’s by Psychiatrist Elisabeth Kuber-Ross:
“People are like stained glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.”
Immediately, after reading that quote, I thought of Jesus. He is the light within me. If I think of myself as that stained glass window, and His light as shining in me, how much more do I shine when life is good and joy is filling my heart?! It’s easy, right?
But what about the cloudy, gloomy days? Does my light flicker and wane as the cares of this world blow blustery around it? Or do I feed the flame with the light of Jesus and the Word of God to shine brighter and brighter inviting others to share in the glory? I pray so!
I want all of the broken pieces of my life (the broken dreams, heartbreak, and difficult times) to shine as a beautiful stained glass mosaic as a result of the glory of God with the light of Jesus shining from within me. To do that, especially during dark days, I have to add fuel to the flame. I do this by reading the Word of God, praying, singing along to worship music, and fellowshipping with other believers.
“Where is your “gloomy, cloudy” place today? Where do you need the light of Jesus to shine? Christ is God’s plan to dispel darkness–by sending His son, the Light of the world, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12, NIV) Seek Him, He is waiting for you with open arms. And unlike the rising dawn and setting sun, His light will never go away. He is everlasting!
All the glory to God,
Image of “Let there be light” stained glass picture by Clare Forster
Image of “Let the light of Christ Shine” candle image by southernspiritonline.com
Kuber-Ross, Elisabeth. “Reader’s Digest Quotes.” November 2018 edition. Print.
God is first and foremost in my life.
my husband Steve, daughters Suzanne and Savannah,
my AMAZING family and friends,
the majestic beauty of the Pacific Northwest,
traveling and camping,
a GREAT cup of coffee with my morning devotionals,
and my Sumner Family Church family. :)